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A Manuscript of Five Sections of a Qur'an
Folio from a Qur'an Manuscript
Folios from a Qur'an Manuscript
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This artwork is currently on display in Gallery 457
As the second volume of a seven-part Qur'an manuscript, this codex contains no colophon, but it opens with an elaborately illuminated double page bearing intricate geometric strapwork closely comparable to designs of Andalusian and North African tiles. Marginalia indicate that this Qur'an once belonged to the library of a ribat (hostel) in the holy city of Medina accommodating Moroccan residents.
Ribat Sayyidna ‘Uthman, Medina, Saudi Arabia; Sotheby's, London, 12 October, 2000, lot 39; [ Art market, from 2000]; [ Sam Fogg, London, by 2003–4; sold to MMA]
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